Theoretical and Applied Climatology

, Volume 41, Issue 1–2, pp 1–9 | Cite as

Spatial and temporal variation of sunshine in the Federal Republic of Germany

  • G. -R. Weber


The annual amount of sunshine during the 37-year period from 1951 through 1987 has been analyzed for 54 stations in the Federal Republic of Germany. Sunshine generally decreased during this period over the eastern half of the country and in the central German hills. For some stations, the loss amounts to more than 300 hours per year, more than 18% of total received sunshine. Mountain tops in the central German hills show the greatest decline; this may result from increased cyclonic episodes over Central Europe. The decrease in sunshine over central and northeastern Germany was not accompanied by increased precipitation, or by number of days of precipitation.


Precipitation Climate Change Waste Water Europe Temporal Variation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. -R. Weber
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  1. 1.Gesamtverband des deutschen SteinkohlenbergbausEssenGermany

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